Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso Niger State, Nigeria Deputy Governor Nigeria
Andries Nel Ministry of Cooperative Governance of South Africa Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance, South Africa South Africa
Khaled A. Mahdi General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD), Kuwait Secretary-General Kuwait
Kyung-Hwan Kim Sogang University Professor of Economics Republic of Korea
Lamia Kamal-Chaoui OECD - The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Local Development and Tourism, OECD Representative (CFE) France
Magdalena García Hernández MIRA Director Mexico
Marina Klemensiewicz Ministry of Home Affairs, Argentina Under-Secretary for Habitat and Human Development Argentina
Nicolas Gharbi Directorate General for Regional and Urban policy (Regio), European Commission Policy analyst France
Park Se Hoon Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) Research Fellow Republic of Korea
Raf Tuts United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Director Programme Division Belgium
Rokibah Abdul Latif Department of Town and Country Planning, Malaysia Director General, PLAN Malaysia – Department of Town and Country Planning, Malaysia Malaysia
Tri Dewi Virgiyanti Director of Urban, Housing and Settlement Indonesia
Understanding that National Urban Policies have been identified as a key tool which can be used by governments and other stakeholders to support the implementation of global agreements in their countries, the policy dialogue aims to:
- Give opportunity for countries to explain the reasons why they decided to undertake the development of a National Urban Policy, and particularly the thematic drivers that were key to the initiation of the process.
- Allow countries to share their experiences on specific actions taken during different stages of a National Urban Policy process. Goal is to further understand the different approaches in developing National Urban Policies and what requirements/actions are necessary to be taken by governments and other stakeholders to achieve transformative results. Panellists will build on their respective experiences to inspire other actors how to engage in an effective National Urban Policy process.
- Identify how National Urban Policies are being used at national and sub-national levels as a key instrument to implement global agreements such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.
To harness the opportunities of urbanization and mitigate its negative externalities there is need for a coordinated approach with clear policy directions. Managing urbanization in a sustainable and equitable manner means that planning and policy must address wider-ranging questions, which will inevitably require a higher level of vertical and horizontal coordination in the form of national level guidance.
A National Urban Policy is a tool that can be used by governments to provide a vision which can guide and manage urbanization. With input from the regional and local levels, a coordinated effort from the national level government through a National Urban Policy provides one of the best opportunities for the development of a coordinating and thorough nation-wide urban development plan.
The experience of countries which have a National Urban Policy has shown that it can promote linkages between sectorial policies; strengthen urban, peri-urban, and rural links through more integrated national level territorial development; and support a stronger connection between national, regional and local governments, while defining closely the roles and responsibilities of each.
With the recent adoption of global development frameworks, such as the Agenda 2030, the New Urban Agenda, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework, National Urban Policies have been identified as a key tool to support the implementation and monitoring of the global urban agenda.
The New Urban Agenda has given explicit emphasis to the importance of National Urban Policies for sustainable urbanization, and commits to taking measures to enhance the ability of governments to develop and implement such over-arching policies. Subsequently, UN-Habitat has elaborated the Action Framework for the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda (AFINUA), providing a non-exhaustive list of the foundational elements required for urbanization including a central role for National Urban Policies.
Q1: What are some of the key thematic drivers of the National Urban Policy in your context and how does this relate to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals in your country?
Q2: Why is a National Urban Policy a critical tool for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs?
Q3: How did you set up the process of developing a National Urban Policy?
Q4: What are some of the key findings/lessons from the National Urban Policy process in your countries/contexts?
Q5: What are some of the mechanisms you are using to the develop the National Urban Policy in your context?
Q6: What are some of the instruments you are using (or plan to use) to implement the National Urban Policy in your country?
Q7: What can your institution do to support the implementation of the National Urban Policy in your country and beyond?
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